If I was guaranteed my money was going directly to a deserving family or indivudual you can put me down for 100 bucks. Until then, I'd recommend most of UB.C not to send a dime or a piece of clothing. Just keep working and paying taxes and your money will find its way into these people's pockets.
On another note, Chris your idea is a good one, but I don't think you have the resources to make this happen properly. I applaud your generousity though.